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Cognitive Science and Writing | Learnist

Cognitive Science and Writing | Learnist | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Explores the connections between writers and the brain.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 3, 2013 5:00 PM

A growing collection of 57 Learnist boards (as of July 3, 2013), each concerned with some aspect of writing and the mind, the brain, and/or neuroscience. Fascinating. A great spot to while away tons of time.

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Late to bed, early to rise leads to weight gain, study shows

Late to bed, early to rise leads to weight gain, study shows | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study confirms staying up late makes us gain weight. The finding that comes from Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania shows sleep and obesity are linked.
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New Vaccine for Nicotine Addiction Successfully Tested in Mice

New Vaccine for Nicotine Addiction Successfully Tested in Mice | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new vaccine for nicotine addiction has been tested in mice. Read about this nicotine vaccine and other research methods to help quit smoking being developed.
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Personalizing Depression Treatment with Brain Scans « NIH Director's Blog

Personalizing Depression Treatment with Brain Scans « NIH Director's Blog | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Mounting Research Shows Green Tea May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Mounting Research Shows Green Tea May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Green tea may be more beneficial than previously believed, as scientists are just starting to uncover properties that may one day help prevent Alzheimer's disease.



Researchers at the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center discovered that the flavonoid ECGC — or epigallocatechin-3-gallate — in green tea could bind to the toxic protein beta-amyloid, which collects in patients with Alzheimer's, causing many of its symptoms. By doing this, the green tea component changed beta-amyloid's properties. Dr. Mi Hee Lim, lead researcher in this study, found that ECGC bound to to beta-amyloid best when calcium or zinc were present, and that upon binding, they were less likely to form into plaques that cause Alzheimer's by growing in the brain.
Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/17042/20130701/green-tea-alzheimers-disease-dementia-antioxidants-memory.htm#LrkK9YP6UHcdG80p.99

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Past brain activation revealed in scans: Brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity

Past brain activation revealed in scans: Brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
What if experts could dig into the brain, like archaeologists, and uncover the history of past experiences?

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Memory, Social Cognition, and Predicting the Future

Memory, Social Cognition, and Predicting the Future | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A recent article in Harvard Magazine reports on the research of psychology professor, Daniel Schater, who is delving into  memory, social cognition and how the mind imagines the future. From the ar...
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California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Use Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Home Device Kit

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Use Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Home Device Kit | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Use Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Home Device Kit
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Researchers Discover Link Between Fear and Sound Perception

Researchers Discover Link Between Fear and Sound Perception | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered how fear can increase or decrease the ability to discriminate among sounds, depending upon context. The study provides insight into distorted sound perception with victims of PTSD.
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How Meditation Works

How Meditation Works | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.
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The Money-Empathy Gap

The Money-Empathy Gap | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research suggests that more money makes people act less human. Or at least less humane. (Mo' Money Makes People Mo' Asshole-Like. Scientific research shows wealth makes people act less human.
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Problem-solving governs how we process sensory stimuli

Problem-solving governs how we process sensory stimuli | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Various areas of the brain process our sensory experiences. How the areas of the cerebral cortex communicate with each other and process sensory information has long puzzled neuroscientists.
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Can You Be Addicted To Carbs? Scientists Are Checking That Out : NPR

Can You Be Addicted To Carbs? Scientists Are Checking That Out : NPR | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to figure out if it really is possible to be addicted to food. A study of brain activity finds there's more going on in areas linked to reward and addiction after people drink a shake with lots of refined carbohydrates.
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What Is Dopamine for, Anyway? Love, Lust, Pleasure, Addiction?

What Is Dopamine for, Anyway? Love, Lust, Pleasure, Addiction? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In a brain that people love to describe as “awash with chemicals,” one chemical always seems to stand out. Dopamine: the molecule behind all our most sinful behaviors and secret cravings. Dopamine is love.
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It’s About Time: Disrupted Internal Clocks Play Role in Disease

It’s About Time: Disrupted Internal Clocks Play Role in Disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers link disrupted sleep and circadian rhythm as risk factors for alcoholic liver disease.
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Your Brain at Work

Your Brain at Work | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

To truly understand how neurological processes affect management, leadership, and marketing, we must separate fact from fiction, resist facile narratives, and establish a more sophisticated view of brain science.

And that’s exactly what’s beginning to happen. Because of a confluence of factors—technological advances in fMRI, newly applied statistical techniques, and even President Obama’s announcement of a brain-mapping initiative—neuroscientists are adopting a new and better framework for their discipline. It shifts the focus from studying the activation of brain regions to learning how networks of brain regions activate in concurrent patterns. It’s like going from using video from a single surveillance camera at a crime scene to do detective work to using footage from multiple cameras positioned in different locations.

The new tools and approaches have already produced new insights into the biology of our minds and deepened our understanding of concepts crucial to managers, including:

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Nerve Cells Can Work in Different Ways with Same Result

Nerve Cells Can Work in Different Ways with Same Result | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers find seemingly identical neurons can behave the same, even though they are built differently under the surface.
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The Psychology of Musical Preferences

The Psychology of Musical Preferences | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
What do your musical preferences say about your personality?

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cyndi whitecotton's curator insight, July 1, 2013 1:25 PM

Our musical choices reflect important aspects of our personality.

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The Brain in Pain

The Brain in Pain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
How brain imaging technology is placing emphasis on the potential for the mind to influence our physiology, and how this influence should not be underestimated. What really determines how we feel p...
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Volunteer work cuts risk of hypertension in older adults

Volunteer work cuts risk of hypertension in older adults | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Older adults who volunteer at least 200 hours over a one-year period and have normal blood pressure are less likely than non-volunteers to develop hypertension four years later, according to research published in the June issue of...
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Study Advances New Theory of How the Brain Is Wired--Research | Columbia News

Study Advances New Theory of How the Brain Is Wired--Research | Columbia News | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Brain Scans Could Become EKGs for Mental Disorders | TIME.com

Brain Scans Could Become EKGs for Mental Disorders | TIME.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
If EKGs can detect potential problems in heart function, then doctors are asking why brain scans can't be used in the same way, to identify disorders like depression, autism or schizophrenia.
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Nerve grafts let paralysed rats pee again - health - 25 June 2013 - New Scientist

Nerve grafts let paralysed rats pee again - health - 25 June 2013 - New Scientist | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The ability to urinate normally is something that paralysed people often say would improve their lives – new work offers some hope (Nerve grafts let paralysed rats pee again - health - 25 June 2013 - New Scientist:
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Video: PTSD can be triggered by serious medical events

Video: PTSD can be triggered by serious medical events | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD - is often associated with military combat veterans, but a new study found that it can also be triggered by serious health events. Donald Edmondson and Dr.
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